This is our second year attending the Charlotte Dragon Boat festival, my dad and second sister also came along. We got there in time for the dragon dance. Back in the days, the dragon dance was performed originally by farmers to appease the dragon king so that he would send rain to their parched lands. The pearl that the dragon chases represents the sun, which means wisdom. This signifies the dragon’s endless pursuit for wisdom (source). So not very often that you have the mighty dragon bow before you.
The statue of Gandhi stands high, greeting people as they enter the park, the very words of his wisdom “It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.”
The fabric of our lives, from a young child to the wise elder. The message here is ‘to respect tradition.’
A beautiful young lady from Thailand, the land of smiles.
One of the best food venues’ chef was from Laos, Ai No has won a BBQ competition in the past and famous for his Butt sauce. This is a big accomplishment especially in the South.
I do love her lens.
He is more daring, must have captured some great images.
I wish that I had a better zoom lens.
It was a beautiful day and we had many turnout this year. The festival took place at Lake Norman in Cornelius.
I love the bow.
Absolutely love the expressions.
She has a classic beauty of Ms. Thailand.
Our beauty pageant from Laos, Thaly Renee Manivongsay escorted by her parents.
The lovely ladies at Ms. Asian Festival Pageant 2010.
A message from Dr. John Chen, President, Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce:
The 11th Annual Asian Festival & 5th Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival. We hold this event in the month of May for a very special reason. May is National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, recognized by a joint resolution signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 and then signed into law by President Bush in 1992.
The significance of May to Asian-Americans was noted by two historic events. Japanese immigrants first arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843. And second, the transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, an engineering marvel that laid the foundation of industrial power in our country for which many Chinese laborers gave their lives.